Associate Professor of English
I teach and write in a mutant genre encompassing creative nonfiction, the lyric essay, and literary journalism—factual stories told with the techniques of fiction, poetry, and visual mediums. I'm a contributing writer for Harper's Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Rolling Stone, and a founding editor of an online literary magazine called Killing the Buddha. Here at Dartmouth, I'm publisher of an online magazine of literary journalism, 40 Towns.
Radiant Truths (Yale University Press, 2014)
"Inside the Iron Closet," GQ (2014)
"Voice and Hammer," Virginia Quarterly Review (2013)
"The Blazing Facts," Harper's Magazine (2013)
Sweet Heaven When I Die, (W.W. Norton, 2011)
C Street, (Little, Brown, 2010)
The Family (Harper, 2008)
Killing the Buddha, with P Manseau (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2004)
Believer, Beware, edited with P Manseau (Beacon Press, 2009)
“Straight Man’s Burden,” Harper’s Magazine (2010)
“The Martyrdom of Brad Will,” Rolling Stone (2008)
University of Minnesota Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writers reading series, October 2, 2014
American Writers Festival, Yale-NUS & Singapore Management University, Singapore, September 9, 2014
University of Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, April 3, 2014
Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Like a Novel: Creative Nonfiction and the Question of Characters"
Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Doubt is My Revelation: Literary Journalists on Religion"
Works in Progress
Hammer Songs , essays about the political histories of popular songs, to be published by Basic Books; Jeff Sharlet Dies , a narrative nonfiction story of the underground Vietnam GI resistance movement.